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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Call for Papers: Roundtable on Nonmarriage and the Law

Roundtable on Nonmarriage and the Law
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Tucson, Arizona
February 21, 2020

Call for Papers

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 1, 2019


The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will host the second Nonmarriage
Roundtable, a conference exploring legal issues surrounding the regulation of nonmarital
intimate relationships.

Over 19 million adults are currently cohabiting. Other adults are “living apart together”—in
committed relationships but living under separate roofs—or are in relationships marked by some
measure of intimacy or dependency. Legal and law reform responses to these relationships differ,
and scholars from various disciplines are studying different approaches to persons in nonmarital
relationships. This Roundtable will bring together scholars in law, sociology, and other related
fields, who are researching nonmarriage. Papers may address topics including the following:

• Economic rights of nonmarital partners, whether at separation or death
• The design of regulatory responses
• The relationship between marriage and nonmarital statuses
• Constitutional issues relating to nonmarriage
• Nonmarriage and parenthood
• The demography and sociology of nonmarital relationships
• Implications of legal regulation across different demographic categories, including race,
gender, class, and sexual orientation

The Roundtable will consist of approximately 4-5 panels over the course of one day. Participants
will attend the panels and will be asked to read approximately 6-8 papers. The event will
conclude with a dinner. There is no conference fee, and UA will host all of the meals on
February 21.

To apply, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, as well as a CV, to, by October 1, 2019. Submissions will be vetted by the
organizing committee (listed below). Selection will be based on the originality of the abstract as
well as its capacity to engage with the other papers in a collaborative dialogue.

Participants may be invited to submit a paper for publication in the Fall 2021 issue of the Family
Court Review. If you are interested in publishing a paper (5,000-10,000 words) as part of this
collection, please indicate your interest when you submit your abstract.

Participants will be notified of their selection by the beginning of November 2019. Drafts for
distribution at the Roundtable will be due on February 1, 2020.

We look forward to your submissions and participation. Questions can be directed to the
organizing committee members.

Thank you!

Albertina Antognini
Associate Professor of Law
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

Naomi Cahn
Harold H. Greene Professor of Law
The George Washington University Law School

Kaipo Matsumura
Associate Professor of Law
Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Amanda Miller
Associate Professor of Sociology & Department Chair
University of Indianapolis

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